B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., Ph. D., University of North Carolina
Academic interest: political campaigns, political communication, elections and voting
Jason Johnson is a professor, political analyst, and public speaker. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and came to Hiram College on a Minority Dissertation Fellowship while completing his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is known around campus for his engaging, non-partisan courses and ability to break down complex concepts and theories with wit and candor. With an active research and public intellectual life, Dr. Johnson values giving students at Hiram College a unique look at how the real world of politics and academic ivory tower overlap. Dr. Johnson is author of the book Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell, (Westview Press/Perseus Books, 2011). He is also politics editor at the Source magazine, and a regular political analyst at CNN, HLN, Fox News, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera.
Dr. Johnson specializes in courses on campaign management and brings a wealth of real world experience into the classroom, along with an extensive writing and research background. He has worked for both Republicans and Democrats. This includes as a campaign manager and assistant state director in South Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia. Internationally, Dr. Johnson worked on the 2001 London mayoral race, and he was an honored guest of the Independent Electoral Commission in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2007. He has been an international elections observer in Mexico, covering the hotly contested 2006 and 2012 presidential elections, as well as the 2009 midterm legislative elections during the turbulent cartel wars. In early 2012, Dr. Johnson participated in a two-week speaking tour throughout Germany on “Internet Strategy in Presidential Campaigns” sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
At Hiram College, Dr. Johnson teaches a course on Campaigns and Elections, which is a semester-long simulation in which students run campaigns in the fictional state of "Voterland." The class, based on his book One Day to Sell, teaches students political marketing, campaign budgets, social media strategies, and crisis communications. He also teaches a Comparative Elections course, in which students learn about the campaign laws and electoral systems of several different countries. In this class, Dr. Johnson brings in his experiences from abroad into the class projects. Most recently, Dr. Johnson has begun to teach Politics of Sex course that focuses on how sexuality, gender, and race in America interplay with political power.
In addition to Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell, Dr. Johnson has written chapters for Public Opinion and Interest Group Politics In South Africa: The Missing Link? (University of Praetoria Press, 2012) and the American Political Culture Encyclopedia (ABC – Clio, 2015). He also directed the “Young Voters Survey” for the Garfield Institute in 2012, focusing on millennial voting behavior and potential impact on the 2012 elections and beyond.
Dr. Johnson is a frequently-quoted political analyst based on his writing and research. He has been quoted by The Hill, Wall Street Journal, U.S.A. Today, Washington Times, Detroit Free Press, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan's largest circulation newspaper), O Globo in Brazil, and the Edinburgh Scotsman, as well as Black Enterprise and Essence magazines. In addition to his work at the Source, Johnson has written for the Huffington Post, The New York Daily News, Campaigns and Elections magazine, HLN, The Grio, The Root, and the Chicago Defender. Johnson has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, The Melissa Harris Perry Show, Weekends with Alex Witt , The Reid Report, The Lou Dobbs Show, and had multiple international appearances on BBC, CBC in Canada and Russia Today. Professor Johnson has been a featured guest on radio stations from coast to coast including WVON in Chicago; CKNY in Vancouver, Canada; Minnesota Public Radio; The Russ Parr Morning Show; Stand-Up with Pete Dominic; Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN, as well as multiple stints on National Public Radio affiliates WCPN and WHYY and national programs such as NPR's Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation.
Dr. Johnson regularly moderates groups on campus and across the country on various political topics that bring attention to Hiram College. He moderated the Cuyahoga County executive debates, speaks regularly at the Northeast Ohio Minority Small Business Association annual dinner, and the League of Women Voters in Akron, in additional to national groups such as the Congressional Black Caucus boot camp. In 2013, he was a panelist at the Newseum in Washington D.C. discussing American policy towards Syria. Dr. Johnson’s personal website is drjasonjohnson.com.
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